Will Grier: More Than a Quarterback
While Will Grier seems like just another quarterback, he is so much more.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–In just two games, it has been effortless for West Virginia football fans to fall in love with Will Grier and it’s all because he is more than a quarterback.
“He’s a straight out football player,” wide receiver David Sills said. “You saw that last week in the Virginia Tech game, him making plays with his feet, doing other things. He’s much more than just a quarterback. He’s just a ballplayer. That’s what he is.”
Grier has a knack for making astonishing plays, even if it means putting his body on the line.
For instance, the 6-foot-2, 214-pound star almost made an improbable pass as he was falling to the ground while most quarterbacks would have taken the sack.
“I had a tough time handling the snap,” Grier said. “I looked up and there was a guy in my face. I knew the route concept I had and I looked out there and had some space and I threw it to where he could catch it or it was going to be incomplete. He made a play. It was close.”
It’s that athleticism and devotion that secured his respect with his teammates.
” Some quarterbacks might not stand in there for that,” Sills said. “They might just take the sack or something like that but Will is a ball player and that’s what makes him such a good quarterback. It’s exciting to see what he’s going to do this season. I see it all the time but seeing him in there when the lights come on, he showed up. And that’s really the big difference from a lot of other guys around the country.”
Or maybe it was the fact the Davidson, N.C. native used his body to pick up yards. He manages to do it all.
Against the Pirates, Grier completed 19-of-25 passes for 352 yards. He threw for five touchdowns and had no interceptions in three quarters of action.
A week prior he threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns.
He does it all because he’s not just a quarterback. He’s a leader and a competitor.
“He’s a competitive kid,” offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said. “To tell him not to take hits, you’re asking a lot of him because he’s so competitive. Overall, I thought Will did well and he’s in a good spot where we want as an offense. And I think he’s executing and why we want it.”
Grier’s mentality has earned Spavital’s confidence.
“Its comforting as a play caller knowing he’s thinking on the same wavelength as you,” he said.
For Grier it isn’t about living in the limelight but it’s about helping his team and his receiving corps.
“We’re all one. We make each other better,” he said. “They pick me up. I pick them up. It’s a team effort.”
And doing it all for the Mountaineer fans at home makes it all the more memorable
“It’s got to be one of the best atmospheres in the country,” Grier said. “Awesome fans, awesome atmosphere. It was awesome being able to play out here for the first time. I can’t wait to do it again.”
Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS